The Supreme Committee updates Calendar for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
FIFA officially announced to begin a day earlier on 20 November 2022 than the originally scheduled timeline. The surprise change will allow the host nation to feature in the first game against Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium. The decision was universally approved by Football's top officials. Following a unanimous decision by the Bureau of the FIFA Council, Senegal vs Netherlands which was the gala match as per the old schedule would now be played on 21 November 2022 at Al Thumama Stadium.
“The change ensures the continuity of a long-standing tradition of marking the start of the FIFA World Cup™ with an opening ceremony on the occasion of the first match featuring either the hosts or the defending champions. The decision followed an assessment of the competition and operational implications, as well as a thorough consultation process and an agreement with key stakeholders and the host country,” added FIFA. Further it is said that the tickets for the affected matches “will remain valid irrespective of the new date/time.” The organization is committed to addressing any issues arising from this sudden change on a case-by-case basis.
Qatari organizers have wholeheartedly welcomed FIFA’s decision and their gesture of providing an Arab nation with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to host the iconic event. In a statement on behalf of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC), it stated, “We support the unanimous decision of the Bureau of the FIFA Council to move the tournament’s opening ceremony and match, Qatar vs. Ecuador, to Sunday, 20 November.”
The alterations made by the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy to the Match Schedule can be viewed in the revised calendar. (Insert Calendar)
SC affirms to stand together with the FIFA council in making sure all the hindrances are resolved. “The impact of this decision on fans was assessed by FIFA. We will work together to ensure a smooth tournament for the supporters affected by the change,” organizers added in a statement. Despite the rescheduling and possible deterrents, Qatar looks forward to welcoming the world for a historic edition of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
A very vital development to quote is Qatar’s commitment to host the first carbon neutral championship. The Ministry of Municipality aims to target sorting out 60% of the total waste generated through efficient recycling, reusing, and other means instead of it being dumped in the landfill. To achieve the difficult target, specialized teams have been structured by municipalities and the private sector. 40% of the waste is said to be converted into energy.
“Following our strategy, we have provided two types of waste containers — green and gray — to collect recyclable and non-recyclable wastes separately from consumers,” said the Director of Waste Management and Recycling Department at the Ministry of Municipality, Eng. Hamad Al Bahr. Qatar has Middle East’s largest waste management center along with waste collection experience from FIFA Arab Cup 2021 which provides them a solid ground to go ahead with their targets.
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Source - SportsAmaze